Labour regulations under scrutiny
Public hearings about the National Minimum Wage kicked off in the Western Cape.
CAPE TOWN - The country's labour regulations are in the spotlight again after public hearings about the National Minimum Wage kicked off in the Western Cape.
Parliament's portfolio committee on labour is embarking on a nationwide tour to discuss the plausibility of a standardised minimum wage.
President Jacob Zuma has said a National Minimum Wage should be explored to curb the country's growing inequality.
Further public hearings will be held in the North West this month.
Committee Chairperson, Lumka Yengeni says all role players are needed to offer input on the process.
"The most important people that should be part of those hearings are workers themselves, and not just workers, domestic workers, farm workers, the most vulnerable workers."
KEY LABOUR CHALLENGES
Addressing the Labour Relations Indaba last week, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said unemployment, inequality and poverty are among the key challenges faced by the South African economy.
Ramaphosa officially opened the indaba by highlighting a number of issues still facing South Africa's working force.
The deputy president said inequality remains a major obstacle.
He said all stakeholders need to work together to find solutions to the problems in the industry.
"It should be easy to find solutions to labour and instability."
Ramaphosa said if the country wants a successful and sustainable working environment, workers and employers need to work together.